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Brit Hume Proselytizes On Fox News Sunday

Reported by Priscilla - January 3, 2010 -

Truly amazing. First we have professional Christian Ann Coulter telling Sean Hannity that Muslims should convert to Christianity. Now we have “born again” Christian Brit Hume advising Tiger Woods to abandon his Buddhism and convert to Christianity. Brit Hume, on this morning’s Fox News Sunday, said: "He is said to be a Buddhist. I don't think that faith offers the kind of redemption and forgiveness offered by the Christian faith. My message to Tiger is, 'Tiger turn to the Christian faith and you can make a total recovery and be a great example to the world.”

But maybe Hume is on to something. That redemption thing, that includes a public “I have sinned” moment and the embrace of Jesus as your new BFF, worked for Hume’s Republican right wing soulmates like convicted felon and “Family” member, Chuck Colson and those Republicans responding to a “booty call” (Christian conservative man needs) such as Senator David Vitter, Newt Gingrich, and Governor (also a “Family” member) Mark Sanford. One wonders how Bill Kristol, a Jew, felt when Hume extolled the benefits of Christianity. It’s interesting that Hume, whose conservative credo is based on personal responsibility, scoffs at the Buddhist faith which is all about personal responsibility without the get out of jail free card that non Christians might think that Christianity offers. Hume’s statement, on a nationally televised “news” show, that Christianity is superior to Buddhism, is just another example of the "Christian" religious parochialism (bigotry?) and cultural insensitivity which seems to be endemic to Fox News – America’s Christian Newsroom. Praise the Lord.

And Memo To Brit Hume: Hindus have the lowest divorce (5%) rate in the USA. Evangelical Christians are one percentage point higher (13%) than Buddhists and mainline Protestants. (12%). Muslims and Jews both have a 9% divorce rate. Atheists and agnostics have a 10% divorce rate. So it’s about that “redemption” thing….

Addendum: To those who accuse me of misusing the term proselytize, I would say that if the word means "act of attempting to convert people to another opinion," Mr. Hume's suggestion that Mr. Woods "convert" to Christianity, as a great way to wash that sin away, was a sales pitch for the "benefits" of Christianity - ergo "proselytize." Isn't that what televangelists do? But in the interests of "fair and balanced," I do hope that Fox will allow a Buddhist equal time to rebut Hume's low "opinion" of Buddhism. I'm not holding my breath.

Addendum: Various websites are picking up this story about Hume's "evangelizing." So far, the Atlanta Journal Constitution's, Jay Bookman, has the best title: "The Right Reverend Brit Hume Points the Way To Tiger's Redemption." Bookman also has the best comment: "But seriously, I do not understand and can’t begin to comprehend the arrogance it takes to publicly anoint yourself someone’s spiritual adviser, and to then lecture them about their faith and its alleged inadequacies. This was a prepared, considered remark by Hume, not some off-the-cuff aside.
A person’s faith is a private matter between that person and God, and is not a matter to be judged by some pompous TV anchor."

Addendum: As I appeared to making a value judgement in referring to the Christian view of Redemption as a "get out of jail free card," I have rephrased the statement. Thanks to our reader "Pegleg Peggy" for setting me straight. Apologies to any Christian who might have been offended. I was being a little too snarky for my own good!

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